Allene Lewis Named Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Venture-Net Partners

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In the male-dominated world of high-tech start-ups and venture capital, Venture-Net Partners' "Girl in Dreads" has no problem standing out... or fitting in.

“Everybody I introduce her to immediately wants to put her on their board of directors." - Randell Young, managing general partner, Venture-Net Partners

Allene Lewis has no problem standing out at technology conferences and meet-ups. Usually, she’s the only female; invariably, the only attendee with dreadlocks; and, all too frequently, the only one with a girlfriend.

A self-taught Google Certified Educator, this 25-year-old Sacramento native didn’t grow up in a tech-rich environment, didn’t even have a computer as a kid, didn't invest four years of busy work on an Academic Title of Nobility and only started her technology learning curve about five years ago. Nevertheless, she has established herself as a successful independent web developer with numerous credits of note including: Auqeo, Ballr Bidz; Stigma Games and the Cannabis Career Institute.

Even more impressive, she currently serves on the boards of directors of several promising start-ups including: G20 Intel, your daily scan of the new global economy; Local Customer, a local marketing platform; Trion Supercars, designers of the 2,000 horsepower Nemesis supercar; Midastee, importers and retailers of exotic teas; and Market Data Network, your online guide to price anything.

“Allene is the most current, the most competent, the most creative and the only completely honest web developer I know,” says Randell Young, managing general partner at Venture-Net Partners. “Everyone I introduce her to immediately wants to put her on their board of directors. Nobody wants to make a tech move now without first consulting Allene. We're fortunate to have her as our first entrepreneur-in-residence.”

Allene Lewis says, "Last year Fast Company magazine named one of our successful exits (Accuray) and one of our current start-ups (Okeanos) as two of the most innovative companies in the world. One of our partners is a former Assistant Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. That's the number two guy in the organization that advises the President of the United States on science and technology. Yeah, I'm really excited to be a part of it.

"Almost everyone I work with these days is a straight Eurocentric American male - at least 15 to 20 years older than me - with a libertarian political outlook. The only thing they care about is creating value... getting the job done better, faster, cheaper, simpler. Venture-Net Partners in particular is adamant about following the talent wherever it takes you. I've been told about 20 times: 'You know, of course, that we have no affirmative action or diversity outreach plan. We work with the best, period; and that's why you are here. You're the best, period.' Does that feel good? Hell yes, it does.

"I saw a billboard in the Bay Area last week that read: 'Hire Skill, Not School'. Obviously, that's the rule here. I have the only bio on VNPartners.com that does not include a doctorate. They actually brag on the fact that I learned this stuff on my own. Now, how cool is that?"

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